Creative Crafting

Scrabble Family Decor

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My most recent favorite, 10-minute project. Seriously, so quick and sweet!! I loooooove it! #nerdalert

So if you want to make your own, here’s what you need:

  • Scrabble letters (check ebay, etsy, etc to find a bag of letters)
  • Chalkboard contact paper OR chalkboard paint OR a roll of magnet backing OR paint
  • Glue
  • Frame

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I wanted to use what I had already at the house, and that included a roll of magnet backing. I cut a rectangle of it to cover the glass of a frame I had sitting in my basement. Easy as pie. Then I simply glued my letters on, and voila!

Seriously, the hardest part about this project was deciding how I wanted to arrange all of our names… After that, the rest was simple! Even you can do it – I promise 🙂

Creative Crafting

Summer Throw Pillow Face Lift

So, this isn’t exactly a crafting project, but I have “home decor” in my head as “crafting,” so here I am posting it anyway. Our home is SOOO cozy, and I love it. Our living room is especially great, which is convenient since we definitely spend most of our time there. Recently though, it’s felt a little dark. Black couch, maroon chair, dark pillows and blankets…it was time for a little spruce up for summer. Now, it’s just a few throw pillows (which, for the record, my husband has now learned are MUCH more expensive than you would think), but I think it makes a big difference…

Our couch and chair before:

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Our couch and chair after:

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I went with mustard yellow, burnt orange, and dark red pillows so that they still match the red chair but add a bit of brightness. What do you think? Did I do okay??

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Creative Crafting, Daily Notes

Happy Fall, Y’all!

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Hiiiii…

So, I’ve kept my computer shut the last couple of weeks. And honestly, I’m sorry I’m not sorry. Two weeks ago, we traveled to Nashville for my 5th year college reunion. It was a blast, in spite of a pretty brutal Commodore loss. And the next weekend, my mom traveled to visit us from Wisconsin. We spent the weekend doing tons and tons a perfectly acceptable amount of shopping, eating, Packer-watching, and decorating. In fact, a trip to Michael’s with mom resulted in a fabulous decorated home. It seems so much more like fall now! And that’s what moms are for 🙂

house 1 And this weekend? Well, we celebrated a big Commodore WIN and some gorgeous fall weather in Columbus. porch

And this is what happens when you are too lazy to carve your pumpkin…

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And here is one of many Michael’s purchases. I mean, how can you deny a 70% off sale??scarecrow

Creative Crafting, Daily Notes

Argyle Autumn Wreath

This weekend was autumn perfection. We tailgated in the sunshine. We saw Ohio State beat Wisconsin in the Shoe. We went to church, the grocery, and made chili in the crock pot, and ate it while we watched football. And last night, I made a new little wreath for autumn, out of materials and fabrics I already had. Freebie project, for the win.

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I had some autmumn-toned fabric on hand from Jonathan’s grandmother, and I thought this might be a sweet way to use it. If you’d like to make your own, simply wrap a styrofoam wreath form in fabric (I used burlap, which I have sooo much of). Lay out your little fabric squares corner to corner, and use a stick pin to secure each one. I slowly wrapped the twine, securing it with a few stick pins at the beginning and end. I then tacked town the outer corners of each fabric square with a little dot of glue. I used as little glue as possible, overall, so that if I want to change it out at some point, and reuse the fabric and wreath form, I can.photo 2

Yes, these are iPhone photos. Hopefully I can take some nice ones this week, but when you make a project at night, and want to post about it right away, this is what you get. 

Happy crafting, and more importantly, happy Autumn!!photo 5

Life As I Know It

Mid-Week Update

Lots of fun things are happening in our new little Ohio lifestyle, and I just haven’t had a chance to sit down these last few days and share with you. So for curious minds, here’s what we’ve been up to…

1. Organizing Galore. We spent a large amount of the weekend finding a home for about 95% of our things that were still scattered about the house from our move. The office is starting to look like an office. We even bought a huge dry erase board and a desk chair! Ah, the things that excite us.

2. Cooking up a storm. What can I say, we love food. I love to bake. Jonathan loves to grill. We both love to cook and try new things. So over the weekend, Jonathan tried the “smoker” part of his grill for the first time. It was so cool to see the woodchips go up in smoke, and it added such great flavor to our chicken.  I think next on his agenda will be to smoke a whole chicken! #dreambig

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I made these banana protein muffins, and they were kind of a fail. They deflated quickly and were a little…dense. I blame my baking powder and soda, which are super old. I also probably overbaked a little. Didn’t even photograph the fail…sorry!

But in OTHER unphotographed food news, we made these Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls, and they were DELICIOUS. Unlike the muffins, these babies were gone so fast I didn’t even have time to take photos. But they sort of looked like this:

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{photo from Can You Stay For Dinner}

3. Crafting. I got an order on Etsy! I say this with true excitement because it was from a STRANGER, and not my mom. 🙂 I made this sweet little burlap bunting for someone’s daughter in Texas. Go check out Sew Sweet by Meghan for more…

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4. Traveling. I’m back on the road again, though not as often as my old job. This week, I went to Houston and met with some really impressive Ohio State alumni. I also got to tour the Houston Ballet Center for Dance, which has a really freaking awesome donor wall, for all you development dorks like me…

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5. Up next…

FOOTBALL SEASON STARTS TONIGHT WITH VANDERBILT!!! AHHHHH!!!!!

We are pretty pumped about this.

Also, Ohio State kicks off their season on Saturday. In honor of this, I prepared a little treat for my coworkers. Go Bucks!

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What have you guys been up to? Has it been a nutty week for you too??

Creative Crafting, Daily Notes

Piano Bench Upgrade

I’ve been perusing craigslist lately in hopes of finding an inexpensive bench that I could upgrade into a sweet and function piece for our home. Finally, I found the perfect thing… a piano bench that someone gave up stripping part way through. Because it was so unfinished, it was incredibly cheap. BUT, it wasn’t pretty…

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However, I love its charm and I knew I could work with it. And here’s what I upgraded it to:

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Now, it’s a cushioned bench that still opens for a little extra storage space. It’s far from perfect, but it really only took a few hours total, and I love it!! Want to do something similar? Here’s what I did.

You’ll Need…

For painting:
A bench (obviously)
Sanding block
Primer + paint
Roller brush and detail brush

For the cushion:
Foam Padding (I used 2″ thick)
Fabric of your choice
Staple Gun

First things first. Whip out your screwdrivers (sorry I didn’t include that on your equipment list) and undo the hardware on the top of the bench. It’s so much easier to work with when you’ve removed the lid.

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Painting time. I thought about experimenting with chalk paint and whatever other stylish paints are out there, but at the end of the day, it’s just simplest to sand, prime, paint. Trust me, it’s tried and true. So unless you’re just messing around for fun, stick with what you know. I did a quick sanding job, but thankfully my bench was pretty much already stripped to its bones. I used a spray paint primer in a gray color, since my final color was a gray-blue. After letting this dry, I moved my project inside due to weather, where I laid down my tarp and got painting.

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I recommend a roller brush simply because you can cover a lot of ground more smoothly than with a bristle brush (is there a technical name for traditional brushes?). Then take your touch up brush and get into all the crevices and hard to reach places. Give your bench a solid two coats until you are 100% happy with how it looks. I also painted the inside of the lid.

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For the cushion top. I am a homegrown DIY girl, and most things I just figure out as I go (truth). I’m sure I could have made a very fancy cushion somehow, but that’s not how I role. Instead, measure out your padding and cut it down to size (you can use an exacto knife, or even a scissors). I used two 2″ thick pieces of foam.

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Next, lay your fabric face down, and center your padding on it.

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Then lay your bench top on it, so the “inside” of the bench top is facing up. Now, go steal your husband’s staple gun. It is just so, so much easier than any other cushion-making method I can think of. Wrap your bench top like a present, securing with staples along the way. Make sure you don’t cover up the holes for your hardware, which you will need to put back on next. Make sure you know which pieces of hardware go where! This is important, obviously.

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Time to put it all together. This is the best part! Attach the bench top back to your bench, being sure to put the right hardware in the right places. Voila! Are you thrilled?? I’m thrilled. You did a great job.

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Creative Crafting, Daily Notes

Wedding Card Control

I LOVE cards – I love choosing them for people, writing personal messages in them, sending them, and receiving them knowing that someone else has done the same. We have obviously gotten many cards over the past months with showers and with the wedding, and so many of our loved ones wrote so many kind notes to us inside of them. But what do you do with so many cards when the big day is over?

While watching a movie over the weekend, I punched a tiny hole in the corner of each card, and then looped them each onto silver rings…and ended up with four booklets of cards. I know it seems a little dorky, but it just feels so much more organized and realistic to keep them over the years. What do you think – silly or handy?

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